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Needs Assessment And Evaluation Of A Web Based Information System For Self Initiated Biomedical Education

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.399.1 - 4.399.9

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Sandra J. Miller

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Paul Yock

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Mark C. Tsai

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Kenneth L. Melmon

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Christopher T. Shen

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Larry Leifer

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Session 1309

Needs Assessment and Evaluation of a Web-Based Information System for Self-Initiated Biomedical Education

Mark C. Tsai, Christopher T. Shen, Sandra J. Miller, Larry Leifer, Paul Yock, and Kenneth L. Melmon

Stanford University


The Internet and Intranet have emerged as convenient and cost effective media for information retrieval and dissemination. Recently, many bibliographic systems, medical databases, knowledge-based systems, and online books have been built to improve access to biomedical information. Although all facilitate access to biomedical knowledge, each system is only accessible individually and often any system does not contain an adequate constellation of databases with non-overlapping content to satisfy the needs of a designer. Maintaining applications is costly and learning from them is awkward. This paper describes a joint effort of the Stanford Health Information Network for Education (SHINE) [1] and the Medical Device Network (MDN) [2]. We aim to examine the potential value and enhancement of efficiency of a biomedical digital library system that offers the biomedical information needed during conception and design of a medical device. We explain why understanding the use patterns of medical information and facilitating presentation of focused medical information are very important for the design of a biomedical digital library system. We also explain the needs assessment analysis that is used to modify SHINE, an existing web-based integrated digital library system, as a medical information system specifically sensitive to the engineer’s work. We believe that the results of this study can improve the understanding of the information needs of biomedical engineers at various levels of responsibility and the functional requirements of designing an integrated web-based information system. Using these results, we can modify SHINE to better support self-initiated biomedical engineering education.

I. Introduction

The medical device industry is challenged with diverse and complex requirements and regulations for design of the breath of technologies that it wishes to develop. The diverse knowledge requirements of this industry include basic data that applies to biomedical engineering. Such data usually is not delivered in schools of engineering and constantly changes in the world of medicine as more is learned about various diseases, their management and

Miller, S. J., & Yock, P., & Tsai, M. C., & Melmon, K. L., & Shen, C. T., & Leifer, L. (1999, June), Needs Assessment And Evaluation Of A Web Based Information System For Self Initiated Biomedical Education Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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